Priced out of market: Man City in transfer turmoil

Faced with 'ludicrous' demands, the world's richest club needs time to perfect a big-name transfer strategy

Villa commits to Valencia

Valencia striker David Villa has ended speculation over his future by signing a new long-term contract with the Primera Liga club.

Manchester United look elsewhere as Berbatov deal stalls

Tottenham are still refusing to compromise on their £30m valuation of Dimitar Berbatov, prompting Manchester United to look elsewhere according to reports.

Madrid may change Robinho stance says agent

Robinho's agent remains hopeful the player could still secure a move to Chelsea despite Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon's insistence he is not for sale.

Transfer news and speculation, 13 August

Manchester United have failed with a bid for the Spain international David Silva, according to the player's agent. Manager Sir Alex Ferguson is eager to sign a new attacker before the transfer window closes but Silva, who plays in an advanced role for Valencia and his country, would rather stay in Spain than move to the Premier League.

Manchester United fail in Silva bid

Manchester United have failed with a bid for Spain star David Silva, according to the player's agent.

Bayern increase Ballack pressure

Chelsea's international stars should be enough to impress the crowd at Wycombe's Adams Park stadium tonight in the first leg of their Carling Cup semi-final, but Jose Mourinho was yesterday forced to defend Michael Ballack's form as the Chelsea manager's tactics also came under scathing attack from Bayern Munich.

BOOKS / And a very good fang too: A wave of Gothic fiction is enfolding the US and Britain in its cloak, bringing vampires in vanloads. Poppy Z Brite is a priestess of the cult

POPPY Z BRITE agrees with me - 'I don't like vampires very much.' She's right. They're predictable, familiar and they chew through the bytes on the word processors of a thousand mediocre horror writers. Yet Brite's first book, Lost Souls, appears to be a horror novel about vampires. The fact that it's also a symbolic novel about a youth cult is indicative of the strange state of American fiction at the moment. 'What I wanted to write about,' she says, 'was the Gothic sub-culture of which I was an observer and participant at the time, and vampires are such an essential icon in that - and that's how they turn up in my book.'
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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

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Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

Paul Scholes column

I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

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Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game